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by beesontoast
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11665

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

Fab article. I enjoyed reading it and have visited your website and bookmarked it for future reference. Thanks. We aim to please! I have to be honest and say I hadn't worried about cost of equipment, moving heavy boxes etc because I'm still in the idyllic daydream stage of beekeeping! Many people d...
by beesontoast
Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11665

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

An old hive - so long as it is clean and disease-free - makes an excellent swarm-baiting device, as it already has the right smells. If you can, set it up in a fairly sunny spot (but preferably not in sun all day) and raise it off the ground - ideally by several feet. If bees are not already swarmin...
by beesontoast
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11665

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

.....how does one "bait" a swarm though? Presumably if we do decide on getting the inhabited hive, OH would have to wear protective gear? And what should we cover the hive with whilst it is in transit by vehicle - can't help thinking that a car full of bees is a BAD idea!!! TIA Clara To m...
by beesontoast
Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11665

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

We're on the verge of getting our hive.....but i have a question (possibly a very dumb one!) about logistics - how does one move a hive full of bees? in our case we have not only 25km of winding mountain roads to negotiate, but also a 1km foot path (some of which is navigable by wheelbarrow, some p...
by beesontoast
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11665

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

Full building instructions and everything else you need are here http://www.biobees.com

Beekeepers wear white because the bees seem less liable to sting light colours than dark. You may discover this yourself if you wear your blue jeans when inspecting a hive! :flower:
by beesontoast
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bee keeping
Replies: 22
Views: 2100

Re: Bee keeping

The weather has had a detrimental effect, for sure - and I think this habit many beekeepers have of suppressing or culling drones is also bad news for queen mating.

Let's hope this season works out better than the last two!

:flower:
by beesontoast
Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:32 pm
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11665

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

As i have lots of bees visiting my garden any way would the neighbours even notice? Probably not - most people cannot tell a bee from a wasp, unless they are gardeners (and sometimes even then). However, if word got out (someone sees you dressed in a hat and veil) you will get the blame for any sti...
by beesontoast
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bee keeping
Replies: 22
Views: 2100

Re: Bee keeping

Because I'd rather have 'happy' bees and take far less honey, he thinks I'm an inadequate beekeeper. So who cares. I'm happy, my bees are happy (I think), and my fruit trees get polinated and drip with fruit. :flower: ww. Yours is the kind of beekeeping I want to encourage, for sure. Unfortunately,...
by beesontoast
Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:09 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bee keeping
Replies: 22
Views: 2100

Re: Bee keeping

Joining a local bee keepers association is a good idea - if you bear in mind that they will almost certainly all be using conventional equipment and methods, which *some* people believe are part of the problem...
by beesontoast
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11665

Thinking about keeping bees?

Whether you approach it from the point of view of conservation, entomology, crop pollination or simply a love of honey, beekeeping is an engaging pursuit and a fascinating window on the natural world. So what does it take to become a beekeeper? The essentials are simple enough: some sort of hive, a ...
by beesontoast
Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Devon
Replies: 11
Views: 575

Re: Hello from South Devon

Thanks Looby - last time I saw you, you were wearing pyjamas! (or was that Andy Pandy...?) :lol:
by beesontoast
Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Devon
Replies: 11
Views: 575

Hello from South Devon

Hello everybody - nice site! My mission is to encourage low-impact beekeeping as a way to restore the feral stock - and for people to have their own honey at minimum cost to them, the bees and the environment. I'm happy to see so many people here interested in growing your own food - and I hope some...

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